HAMDEN, CT – A poll released Tuesday morning by Quinnipiac University Poll (QUP) boded ill for establishment pundits painting pretty pictures of the American dream and a sound, recovering economy.
The Independent poll, conducted in March revealed a majority of voters with anti-establishment leanings and a continued lack of confidence in the country’s economic well-being.
“Many American voters, especially Republicans, are dissatisfied with their own status and the status of the country, but by far the most dissatisfied are Donald Trump‘s supporters, who strongly feel that they themselves and the country are under attack,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.
America’s identity lost
A majority of voters, totaling 57 percent of all voters polled agreed with the statement, “America has lost its identity.”
Among Republicans, 79 percent agreed that America’s identity was lost while only 36 percent of Democrats agreed.
The highest level of agreement was expressed by those who identified as Donald Trump’s supporters with 85 percent agreed that America’s identity was in crisis.
“Trump supporters are true stand-outs. They want a leader who is very different from the leader sought by other voters, explaining the mystery many see behind Trump’s support,” Schwartz said.
A value system under attack
Sixty-two percent of all voters, including 85 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agreed that their “beliefs and values are under attack.” Ninety one percent of Trump backers agreed, the highest of any candidate.
Results confirmed an electorate strong in its belief that it has been left with neither a voice nor a vote.
According to QUP there is widespread agreement, 76 percent, with the statement, “Public officials don’t care much what people like me think.” Agreement is 84 percent among all Republicans and 68 percent among Democrats.
Ninety percent of Trump supporters agreed, the highest of any candidate.
Among all American voters, 57 percent agreed with the statement, “I’m falling further and further behind economically,” with 67 percent of all Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agreeing “strongly” or “somewhat.” Trump voters stood out with 78 percent strongly agreeing.
The poll revealed evident GOP-led dissatisfaction in America’s current standing with Trump backers leading the charge against establishment norms.
In light of the “well of dissatisfaction among voters,” Americans may be ready for change. A key theme of the Sen. Bernie Sanders Democratic campaign, the need for “radical changes” polled above 50 percent.
The poll imparted a 64 percent agreement among all voters with the statement, “The old way of doing things no longer works and we need radical change.”
Agreement was highest among Republicans at 71 percent. More than half of Democrats polled, 58 percent agreed. Again, agreement was highest among Trump supporters at 83 percent.